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Little Kitty, Big City (PC, Xbox Series S/X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch)

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Little Kitty, Big City is a new game that lets you become a feline. You will explore a city, have audacity, and work to climb your way home. To do this, you will go around collecting a lot of shinies and filling your belly with fish. Along the way, several animal friends will give you quests, and you will be able to cause trouble for some humans. The review below takes a look at Little Kitty Big City, how it plays, and who the game is best suited for.

Strolling The CityCarrying a Fish in Little Kitty, Big City.

Little Kitty, Big City starts out with a cat napping somewhere it really shouldn't, on the side of a building. Of course, this goes south very quickly, with the cat plummeting to the city streets. From here, you take control of the house cat, who's trying to get home. To do this, you must find and feast on fish around the city. These fish will allow you to climb higher and higher until you can reach the window seal to your owner's apartment. Of course, you're way too hungry to climb back up and have to find food before returning home.

Outside of this very straightforward narrative, there isn't a story. You are dropped into a city with NPCs walking around and a few other animals to complete quests for. Players will undoubtedly get a similar vibe to Untitled Goose Game when you start playing. You can do all the same things that a cat does and pick up objects with your mouth. Humans walk around the city, and you can interact with them in a select number of ways. This does include tripping them and stealing their phone or drink, which is something a cat would do if they could.

Your animal friends are the only conversations you're going to have. Sadly, you don't do all that much with them, and interacting isn't really possible. You basically talk to them, do a random action, and then speak to them again to complete the quest. Some of the dialogue is a bit humorous, but it doesn't add to the story or the city. For example, a cat named Mayor asks you to knock jam off of shelves. Why, you ask? It's because the jam is disrespectful and bothers his nap. That's it though, you just knock the jam down and Mayor goes about napping, there's nothing deeper.

Undoing a CatasropheStealing bread in Little Kitty, Big City.

The whole purpose of the game is to get back home. At first, the city is relatively small, and you must navigate your way through the streets. Soon enough, you will meet a crow who just so happens to have a tasty fish. In order to get the first fish, you are tasked with collecting 25 shinies. These are literally just objects like keys or bottlecaps that can shine in the sunlight. This is where I started to get over the novelty of being a cat. The game doesn't do a great job of explaining where to get shinies, so after the first few, you might feel lost.

That is until you figure out they can be obtained by jumping in trashcans and dragging traffic cones, from there the game gets easy again. You quickly realize that the game is a platformer with collect-a-thon elements that keep it going. There are fast travel points to unlock, shinies to find, capsules to open, and costumes to buy. You can only find these by exploring every inch of the city. Luckily, you will get a map that will help you navigate once you eat your first fish.

You will also need to collect at least three more fish, with a fourth available to “finish” the game. Each one is obtained through a different method, and it usually consists of having patience in completing a light puzzle. With each fish you get, you will be able to gain a stamina paw. Stamina paw determines how long you can climb before you go out of energy. Once you can scale up to the path to your apartment, you will unlock the last part of the city and be able to go anywhere you please, truly opening up the game. From there, some points of interest will also be added to your map, making it a bit easier to collect everything, but exploration is still a must when picking up shinies and quests.

Kitty on a QuestTalking to a Shiba Inu in Little Kitty, Big City.

Helping other animals will also unlock emotes that you can then use to do even more cat things, like making a disgusted face. The quests are a bit light. One of the longer ones has you finding four lost ducklings. Each duck has run off to a different part of the city. When you see them, they're each so wrapped up in their current activity that they refuse to leave. You have to do some very light puzzle solving, like turning a water valve on, to get them moving.

In another part of the city, you will run into Chamelion. Who challenges you to find him after he uses his camouflage. All of the animals tell jokes, but whether you find them funny or not is entirely dependent on your sense of humor. These quests usually take a minute or two to complete. Afterward, the animals don't really do anything. I really wanted to keep collecting ducklings and learning how to catch new types of animals.

I would have loved to learn more about each animal's background. How did the Mayor get all the audacity? Are the ducklings ever going to stop besting Dad? Will the bluebirds ever fight back? There's a lot that could be done here. Also, as we have seen with His Majesty in Baldur's Gate III, gamers love a good cat.

Stop That Cat!Walking through the Market in Little Kitty, Big City.

Little Kitty, Big City has gameplay that mimics a real cat pretty well. You go around batting at things to move or knock them down. You can pick things up with your mouth and run around with them. This can lead to you tripping humans or solving hidden puzzles like placing bones in a dog bowl to open a shortcut. Of course, there are more menacing uses for your talents, like chasing a human with scissors or ruining a painting. One of my favorite parts of the game was the true-to-life ability to pounce on birds and sleep on people's laundry. So many parts of the game were charming and showed that the team really knew their cats.

Sadly, the gameplay is where I had the most problems. When getting in and out of objects on the Xbox Series, I had multiple glitches, especially regarding boxes. The game would get stuck with the cat in a perpetual movement until I jumped out of it. The same happened a few times when trying to crawl through holes. The climbing also has a bit of a clunky feeling and feels sluggish. This is a bit of a letdown, especially if you fall down while scaling your apartment.

I got a bit frustrated with the slow climbing speed and animations. Getting in a trash can takes just a bit too long, as does opening capsules. It's also worth mentioning that finding all the shines will be a pain without a guide, and even trophy hunters may find the game a bit tedious. As for younger gamers, the lack of a mini-map and direction can make the game harder to grasp. I should also mention that if you are just looking to get your cat home and finish the side quests, that game is extremely short. It can easily be beaten in under two hours.

Little City, Lost Kitty

The city is actually pretty small, and the game can be beaten easily in a single sitting. While the novelty of being a cat was fun at first, and the team really nailed cat behaviors, I couldn't see myself going for full completion. There are quite a few parts of the game that are charming, but that feeling wears off quickly. Outside of costumes, there's no real reason to care about shinies, and the game isn't long enough to really get use out of most of them. In fact, you may find it a bit too hard to try and track down all the shinies, making the game a lot less enjoyable.

Fans of cats will love playing this game. That said, it's hard to recommend if you're just looking for a platformer or collect-a-thon. The same goes for players of other animal simulators who are looking for puzzles, a ton of humor, or over-the-top antics. I actually feel like if this game had been longer, with quest chains and different animals to catch, it would have been better. There are a lot of great concepts here, and with more depth, Little Kitty Big City could have become one of my favorite indie titles. I would suggest trying this game out using Game Pass before buying it to see if it's your cup of tea.

Little Kitty, Big City (PC, Xbox Series S/X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch)

The Audacity

Little Kitty Big City is all about playing a cat, and that’s the part of the game that shines. Your a cat with audcaity and your going to get home one way or another. Whether it means ruining a painting or stealing a fisherman’s catch, nothing will stand in your way. Sadly, a few of the gameplay elements feel a bit sluggish and the game can lose some players interest quite quickly.

Judson Holley is a writer that began his career as a ghostwriter. Returning to the mortal coil  to work among the living. With some of his favorite games being tactical FPS games such as Squad and the Arma series. Although this could not be further from the truth as he enjoys games with deep stories such as the Kingdom Hearts series as well as Jade Empire and The Knights of the Old Republic series. When not attending to his wife, Judson often tends to his cats. He also has a knack for music mainly composing for and playing piano.